How to Install an SNES Emulator in Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS console has now become more flexible than ever before. This is because of the advent of R4 3DS cards. R4 3DS cards give added functionalities to the portable handheld gaming console such as the ability to watch movies, read pdf files, and install emulators to play other game consoles directly on the 3DS.

In today’s article, I am going to teach you how to install a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator in your Nintendo 3DS console. Do note that in order for you to do so, you need to have an R4 3DS card.

Now, you can opt for the premium R4 3DS cards such as the Sky3DS or Gateway 3DS, but you can also choose to buy the cheaper ones such as the R4i SDHC, for example.

So, what do you need to do in order to play SNES games on your Nintendo 3DS? Here are the steps:

  1. Buy an R4 3DS Card- This is the most important step of all. You need to get a suitable R4 3DS card for this to work. Without an R4 3DS card, you cannot play any homebrew applications on your Nintendo 3DS. As mentioned before, you can opt for the R4i SDHC as it is much cheaper than the premium R4 3DS cards.
  2. Download the Emulator- The next thing you should do is download the Nintendo 3DS SNES emulator. It can be found on various websites over the internet. Make sure to download the latest version of the SNES emulator to ensure 100% compatibility.
  3. Download ROMS- ROMs are actually the digital copies of the games. In this case, you want to download your favorite SNES games. They are plentiful out there and most of them are downloadable absolutely free.
  4. Copy Files to the microSD card- After downloading the above-mentioned files, extract them on your desktop. Afterward, create a folder named SNES on the root folder of your microSD card. Inside the SNES folder, create two new subfolders and name it ROMS and SAVES. Put all of your downloaded ROMS on the ROMS folder. Also, transfer the emulator files and place it in the root folder of your microSD card (and not inside the SNES folder you’ve created).
  5. Turn on your Nintendo 3DS- After copying the necessary files on your microSD card, plug the microSD card directly into the R4 3DS card and plug the R4 3DS card into your Nintendo 3DS console. In the main menu of your R4 3DS card, you should see the SNES emulator there. Fire it up and you’re ready to go!

That is pretty much all you need to do! All of your saved games will automatically be put in the SAVES folder you’ve created. It is important that all of the folder’s names (SNES, ROMS, and SAVES) must have all capital letters to avoid any problems.

There you have it, now enjoy playing SNES games right on your Nintendo 3DS console thanks to the R4 3DS card.